COVID-19 and Older Adults

By Michelle Jackson, Screening Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan COVID-19 started in our country in 2019. The past six months have been an incredibly challenging time for all Americans, especially older adults and anyone with underlying health conditions. I have the privilege of working at Elder Law of Michigan and speaking to many older adults in Michigan. Most people feel that one must take … Continue reading COVID-19 and Older Adults

Learn Online With Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist With more people learning online, we would like to highlight some of the digital resources we have for educators.  Chances are a student will know someone who receives retirement or disability benefits.  This could be a way to relate our many programs to a new audience.  Showing young people that our programs help wounded warriors and … Continue reading Learn Online With Social Security

When Should You Start Receiving Social Security Benefits?

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We’re often asked, “What’s the best age to start receiving retirement benefits?”  The answer is:  there’s not a single “best age” for everyone.  The most important thing is to make an informed decision.  Base your decision about when to apply for benefits on your individual and family circumstances. Would it be better for you to start … Continue reading When Should You Start Receiving Social Security Benefits?

Three Ways to use Social Security Online

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist There are many online sources for Social Security information, but you need to make sure you’re getting the right information.  By using http://www.ssa.gov, you know that what you’re reading and watching is approved by our experts and specifically created for you. Here are three of our resources where you can find valuable information about your Social … Continue reading Three Ways to use Social Security Online

See Your Lifetime Earnings with My Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Did you know you can see your work history online all the way back to your first job?  Your earnings history is a record of your progress toward your Social Security benefits.  We keep track of your earnings so we can pay you the benefits you’ve earned over your lifetime.  This is why reviewing your Social … Continue reading See Your Lifetime Earnings with My Social Security

Social Security Informing You About Recent Scams

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist The most effective way to defeat scammers is to know how to identify scams.  You should just hang up on any call you’re uncertain of and ignore suspicious emails.  Scammers are always finding new ways to steal your money and personal information by exploiting your fears. One common tactic scammers use is posing as federal agents … Continue reading Social Security Informing You About Recent Scams

Social Security Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist At SSA, we strive to deliver great customer service and easy-to-access information about our services.  If Spanish is your primary language, you can visit http://www.ssa.gov/espanol, our Spanish-language website. There, you can find information about how to get a Social Security card, plan for retirement, apply for benefits, manage your benefits, and much more. Spanish-speaking customers wishing … Continue reading Social Security Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Five Reasons to Use my Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist There are countless reasons why you can benefit from using your personal my Social Security account.  Here are five that highlight why opening an account today can help you and the people you love. Saving you time There’s no need to leave your home when using the features of my Social Security.  You may think you … Continue reading Five Reasons to Use my Social Security